By Olivia Nabaggala
20th Jan 2023
The Centre for Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT), a non profitable civil society organization, has dragged the Attorney General of Kenya to court over lifting a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms- GMOs.
CEFROHT is an organization promoting food, economic and climate justice registered in Uganda.
On 3rd October 2022, Kenya lifted a ban on cultivation and importation of genetically modified foods and seeds to address food shortages.
The applicants being dissatisfied with the move have run to the East African court of justice today contending that the lifting of the ban removed prohibition that had been put in place on the 8th November 2012 by a resolution of the cabinet of the respondent following concerns regarding the many uncertainties in terms of environmental conservation and food and seed sovereignty that genetically modified foods and seeds pose.
They further say accepting cultivation and importation of Genetically Modified foods and seeds by Kenya without prior notification to the neighboring states is inconsistent with good governance and good neighborliness among others.
Now, they want this court to declare that the actions of the respondent of accepting genetically modified seeds, food and animal feed in Kenya is inconsistent and contravene the treaty for establishment of the East African community.
They further want an order made directing the respondent to reinstate the ban on the cultivation and importation of GMOs for the food of the East African Community so as to help the normal farmers.
The matter hasn’t been fixed for hearing yet.